Above is a pix that
Jennifer Johnson of Wadesboro, NC sent me on March 14, 2012 which shows her
broom standing by itself perfectly balanced in the kitchen. I
have always know that
has some magic about her and she definitely doesn't need a broom during the
Halloween Holiday.....grin if you must, so I had to do a little research and
get to the bottom of the balancing broom phenomenon. Yes, I know
I lost some "man points" on that pretty little broom, but grin again anyway!
Recently, there has been an enormous amount of picture posting on
Facebook, etc. with brooms standing by themselves and many
have claimed it is because of the "planetary
alignment" or other such drivel. Upon further
investigation, the Spring equinox doesn't occur until March 20 so we can
about rule that one out as far as some extra gravitational pull or force
exerted on earthly objects.
I hate to be a
and the balancing broom sparked my curiosity since I tried it with a regular
straw type broom and could not get it to balance no matter how hard I tried.
The trick is to use a
flat-bottomed broom of which can be angled or straight but with fairly stiff
bristles and stand it up on a flat floor and hold it loosely for a few
seconds and try and find the brooms center of gravity. If that
doesn't work, you can push straight down forcing the bristles to spread
apart on each side which creates a wider platform or base and again find the
center of gravity. This might not work every time for every single
broom but most of the time it will.
A query from the Internet provides
this explanation; "The broom can stand by itself because the center of
gravity is directly above the edge on which it balances. And the
bristles are soft enough to spread out a bit at the contact point with the
floor and provide a stable base to support the handle and allow the broom to
A week from now, a month from now, you can do the same thing and it doesn't
have to be any particular solar event with the moon and sun in alignment,
etc. As far as the Spring Equinox, I guess this might be a
mini-Myth Buster...grin if you must.
Bill aka Mickey Porter 03-15-12